The name is the same. The premise is generally the same but the execution of the story takes a new path while beating to a new drum for a new generation in the remake of Sparkle Instead of Harlem the setting is Detroit. Aside from some familiar songs,Carmen Ejogo (Jefferson in Paris) is the element bringsSparkle of old and new together with her performance as Sista. At time she embodies Lonette McKee yet she offers her own brand to the interpretation. Deep in my heart I wish she was playing opposite the acting chops the likes of the talent Mary Alice, the original woman cast as the mother of the three daughters. However, I understand this was Whitney Houston’s dream to make and it serves as a beautiful goodbye to a beloved singer. READ MORE
Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law are back again as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson for another caper. This go round, the film has a slower pace. One can’t help but compare the first Guy Ritchie production to the latest. Everything about the original film in the series was fresh and shocking but not so much this time. READ MORE.
From the Producers of Facing the Giants and Fireproof comes another film sure to become a classic film in the Christian Genre but its lessons are a direct message for men to men to own their responsibility as fathers. Moreover, the movie Courageous asks that men recognize the opportunity to mentor in a country where many boys/youth are growing up in single parent homes. The multi-cultural cast (Caucasian, African American and Latino) of men we follow may seem like an unlikely group to find fellowship in the United States’ south, but the film does a pretty good job at making the relationships plausible. It is obvious that the producers want as many ethnic groups as possible to be attracted to seeing this film. (READ MORE)
I am a foodie from the history of foods to celebrating the room we call the kitchen to make food. Something’s
Gotta Give is one of my favorite my movies and from the moment I saw a particular shot in the film I knew the director, Nancy Meyers was a foodie. Over years, more and more films have put the marriage of the drama which happens in the kitchen to the screen. – Crystal A. Johnson, MCCN Editor
Here are a few of our favorite Kitchens from movies:
The movie, The Holiday is inspired to some extent by a real getaway spot about 90 miles from London, called Slatters Cottage In the Cotswolds. Here is the Movie Kitchen:
A favorite foodie film is Julia and Julia. Check out one of the kitchens where Meryl Streep plays Julia Childs:
The 2nd Annual New York City International Film Festival (NYCIFF) comes to Manhattan and with it movies from around the world. NYCIFF introduces the creative works of emerging and established filmmakers to a broad but unique audience. Affluent New Yorkers, and the general public will be able to experience and enjoy independent, creative films. NYCIFF promotes for 11 days New York City’s Theater District and Times Square as the cradle of cutting edge entertainment, and opens the doors of NYC to an eclectic, international and national, group of the filmmaking community.
Established in 2006, the core mission of the PVIFF is to promote cultural diversity within the arts. Through its film showcases and programming, it annually introduces the top echelon of emerging artists to the film and television industry.
The Opening Night for this year’s festival will include a special VIP screening at the Woodruff Arts Center of the highly anticipated drama, “Things Fall Apart,” starring 50 Cent, Ray Liotta, Lynn Whitfield and Mario Van Peebles. The PVIFF will also devote special screenings and events to celebrate the 20th anniversaries of urban film classics, “Jungle Fever” and “New Jack City”.
Where: Atlanta, Georgia
Look out, New Jersey: Tribeca is headed to the beach again this summer! Through our continued partnership with Caesars Atlantic City, we will co-host a series of four FREE outdoor screenings on the beach in Atlantic City, from Thursday, July 7, to Sunday, July 10, 2011. What’s more, Caesars Atlantic City is offering friends of Tribeca—and that means you—a generous rate for anyone who joins us ‘down the shore’ for the big event. We hope you’ll head to South Joisey for what promises to be a fun-filled weekend of movies, sun, and family fun!
The Film: Rejoice and Shout is a documentary exposing centuries of the evolution of African American Gospel music. With commentary from musical legends such as Smokey Robinson, Andrae Crouch and more, a documentary which took years into making finally comes to life. READ MORE
The Film: Jumping the Broom is a witty, comical and oftentimes predictable movie about an African American couple that hail from two very different socio-economic backgrounds who get married in Martha’s Vineyard. The focus is primarily on the weekend of the wedding—of course, but is filled with heartfelt, tender and soulful moments. The movie stars Paula Patton, Angela Bassett, Loretta Devine and Laz Alonso. (READ MORE)